Riding a camel through Marrakech may seem like an excursion only dreams are made of, but it really can be done – here’s how.
Marrakech is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Morocco. Marrakech is an absolutely beautiful city that actually deserves its reputation. It is beautifully surrounded by mountains and sits on the edge of the mighty Sahara Desert. The city is old, exotic and authentic. One of the most popular things to do in this desert oasis town is to take a camel ride.
Marrakech and desert camel trekking are just one of the many reasons everyone should visit Morocco. It offers a breathtaking exotic world and is one of the best places to explore the Sahara.
Why Marrakech is special
The region of Marrakech has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times and was founded as a city in 1070 by Emir Abu Bakr ibn Umar. The city remains enclosed in the red ramparts built by Ali ibn Yusuf in 1122 – 1123.
Inside the walled old town are traditional vendors and markets packed for sightseeing, including snake charmers, traditional dancers, and just about anything else you can think of.
- The biggest: Marrakech has the largest traditional market in Morocco (called a souk)
But while Marrakech is dazzling and well worth the visit and will keep all eyes wide open, there is the famous Sahara just outside. One of the most popular activities for tourists is to go on a camel trek through the desert. Tours can range from an hour to a week or more.
8-day nomadic adventure
This 8-day nomadic adventure is not only a camel trek but also includes a range of other activities. With this tour you will see attractions like Telouet, Ouarzazate, Skoura, Dades gorges, Merzouga, etc. We will visit Berber villages, ride camels on the dunes to see the sunset, stay in hotels and real nomadic bivouacs, cross the snow-capped mountains of the Atlas, and much more.
- Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
- Departures: In Marrakech
- Ends: in Merzouga
- Understand : Guide, Accommodation, Camel trek, Sandboard
- Excludes: Flights, Lunches, Drinks
3 nights camel trek in Erg Chebbi desert
If eight days in the desert is too long, then go for a 3 day camel trek. This trip begins after a relaxed lunch and then begins directly in the desert. The camels are packed with food, blankets and whatever will be needed.
Trek with camels to a small oasis in the middle of the dunes and it is there that we will spend the first night under the stars in a nomad tent. Enjoy dinner served around a campfire and listen to local nomads play traditional music.
The next day, walk for two hours to the next destination and have lunch near a tamarisk before returning to the house of a nomadic family. Spend the night here with its hospitable nomadic hosts.
- Camel rides: Each day has between 90 minutes and 2 hours of camel ride
- Included: Guide, Dinners, Sandboard, Breakfast, Accommodation
A night in the desert and camel ride
For those with only a short stay in Morocco, a night in the desert and a camel ride may be the right thing. This trip guarantees that one will spend at least one night in the Sahara. The trip includes an overnight camel ride in the desert near the sand dunes.
- Duration: The camel ride lasts approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
- Drum Music: At the camp in the desert, one can enjoy traditional drum music
- Accommodation: In nomadic tents (in the morning, breakfast and shower at the hotel)
On this tour, one can take great photos of sunset and sunrise in the Sahara. On returning to the camp, we will walk to the high dunes to watch the sunset where we can contemplate the Milky Way. After spending the night in the nomad tents, return the camels to the hotel for a break and a shower.
- Included: Camel Ride, Guide, Dinner, Breakfast, Sandboard
- Cost: Depending on the season (from 40 euros)
Day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate
Not all trips from Marrakech necessarily involve camel rides. For those who would like to skip that, consider the day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate. It includes morning pickup from Marrakech and the trip takes you through the High Atlas Mountains and the highest diving pass in North Africa.
- Location : Ait Benhaddou was the filming location for Gladiator, Prince of Persia, and many other films
The tour stops at the famous walled city of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Marrakech in the evening. A guide is available on request.
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